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How to clean windows

So, you’ve spent a good hour scrubbing those grubby windows to try and make them sparkle, only to sit down and discover more smears than when you started! If this sounds familiar, we’ve got some top tips to help you say ‘see ya’ to streaky stains.

  • Clare - copywriter
  •  5min read
How to clean windows

Here’s what you’ll need

To achieve streak-free windows, there are many methods you can take. Whether you go down the shop-ready solution or the homemade route or maybe a mix of both, here’s the tools you need:

Mr Muscle or vinegar?

If you like the convenience of an off-the-shelf cleaner, then we cannot recommend Mr Muscle Power Glass Cleaner enough. Use this powerful solution alongside a Squeegee for a streak-free finish.

Prefer the natural, homemade route? Then mix together these ingredients for a great all-purpose window cleaner:

Pop it all in a spray bottle and shake to blend. Spray on the glass, leave to soak in and wipe dry with a microfibre cloth. The vinegar is great for getting rid of stubborn marks and the microfibre cloths will easily soak up any moisture. If you don’t have a spray bottle, apply the mixture to a cloth and wipe it over the glass.

Go for a gadget

For the ultimate window cleaning gadget, opt for the Karcher Window Vac. We love this rechargeable battery-operated device. Not only does it make light work of cleaning windows, it’s also great for using on shower screens, mirrors, spills and even removing condensation. It’ll certainly take the hard work out of the job!

5 window cleaning tips

Armed with all the gear, but need a little help with technique? Here are some extra tips:

  • Keep looking at the glass from different angles to see where the streaks are
  • Avoid cleaning windows on hot days; the solution will dry quicker meaning it’ll be harder to remove those streaks
  • Start with the frames first so you don’t dirty the freshly cleaned windows
  • Windows build up with grime quickly, so wash windows every two to three months if you can; it’ll mean you won’t have to put in so much elbow grease each time!

Don’t forget the frames

To avoid mildew build-up on and around window frames, try a Mould and Mildew Remover. It comes with a fast-acting foaming action to visibly remove mould and mildew in minutes. It’s also great for kitchens and bathrooms where grease and mould can build up quick.

If you haven’t any solution to hand, make your own using one part bleach diluted with three parts water. Don’t forget to wear your rubber gloves to protect your hands.

Show your windowsill some love too

You’re going to need a clean windowsill to match the shiny windows, and we have the perfect product to get the job done quick. Our wilko mini abrasive brush set is great for getting rid of stubborn mould in the corners where the silicone sits. Be careful not to scratch the windowsill surface. Simply wipe the windowsill surface with a microfibre cloth, along with our homemade cleaning solution. And you’re done! We think it’s time to sit down with a cuppa and relax - you’ve earned it!

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